THANKSGIVING : REASONS AND BENEFITS

RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL 
TEACHER'S MANUAL 
LESSON ONE
SUNDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER, 2018
TOPIC: THANKSGIVING: REASONS AND BENEFITS

SUNDAY SCHOOL HYMN
1. O Sunday School, on the Lord's day,
O how I love Thee well,
I am happy, it makes me glad
To rejoice at Thy birth.

2. O Sunday School, on the Lord's day,
Thy friend friendship suits me well,
Both young and old will sing Thy song,
We long for Sunday School.

3. O Sunday School, on the Lord's day,
Christ was Thy first teacher,
The Holy Spirit, great teacher,
Does manifest in thee.

4. O Sunday School, on the Lord's day,
This testimony is sure,
That God, the Father Almighty,
Poured His blessing on Thee.

5. O Sunday School, on the Lord's day,
Though the sun be so bright,
Or if the clouds be black with rain,
I'll be in Sunday School.

6. O Sunday School, on the Lord's day,
I rejoice to see Thee,
Will thou pass over me today?
Without my being blest?

OPENING PRAYER: Lord God Almighty, help me to thank you always for your goodness and mercy.

PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE
(I) Teachers should welcome students to the first Sunday School lesson for the year 2018/2019.
(ii) Teachers and students should thank God for his loving kindness and his word for the Sunday School Year 2017/2018.
(iii) Teacher should encourage students to be steadfast, regular and punctual to the Sunday School throughout the year.

BIBLE PASSAGE : Psalm 100:1-5.
1.Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
2.Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3.Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4.Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5.For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

MEMORY VERSE: "O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever". Psalm 136:1.

LESSON INTRODUCTION:
 It is the will of God for Christians to be thankful to Him (1 Thess. 5:18). It is the master key to gain entrance to His gate (Psalm 100:4). When thanksgiving is complemented with praise, you have access into God's master bedroom (Courts). The primary reason God created us in His image is for fellowship, dominion and to show forth His praise (Isaiah 43:21; 1Pet.2:9).

TEXT REVIEW : Psalm 100:1-5 - FIVE (5) THINGS GOD LOVES
The Psalmist identified five (5) things which God does not joke

(i) Joyful noise (Believers should be joyful noise makers) Psalm 100:1.
(ii) Service with gladness (God hates service in bitterness and acrimony) Psalm 100:2a.
(iii) Singing in His presence (God hates moaning and groaning) Psalm 100:2b.
(iv) Thanksgiving in all His gates (Not complaints giving) Psalm 100:4a.
(v) Blessing his name (Not berating his name). Psalm 100:4b.

Giving the above-stated gifts to God at all times indicates that we (believers) appreciate Him for his goodness (Psalm 100:5b). It also confirms that we accept Him as God and that we are His children (Psalm 100:3).

LESSON OUTLINE 1 : WHY GIVE THANKS?
Question 1: Why should believers give thanks to God?

Answers: A: For his Goodness to us:
(i) Because of salvation of our souls. Psalm 103:3-4.
(ii) Because of His enduring mercy. Psalm 130:7-8.
(iii) Because He restores our lives and gives us hope. Ezekiel 37:1-7.
(iv) Because He is ever faithful. Hebrews 6:18; Numbers 23:19.
(v) Because He gives us victories over enemies. 2Chronicles 20:20-27.
(vi) Because of His provision. Genesis 22:8; Genesis 1:26-29.

B: For His personality:
(i) He is miraculous and a deliverer. Exodus 14, 2 Kings 5:1-14.
(ii) He is the Almighty God. Genesis 17:1.
(iii) He is Love. 1 John 4:8.
(iv) He is Holy. 1 Samuel 2:2.

Question 2: What position should thanksgiving occupy in our prayers?

Answers: The first, middle and last position i.e. every request should be backed up with thanksgiving. Phil. 4:6; 1 Thess. 5:18.

CLASS ACTIVITY 1 : Identify why some people seldom give thanks to God only on special occasions and suggest ways out.

LESSON OUTLINE 2 : SOME BENEFITS OF THANKSGIVING
Question: What are some benefits/blessings of giving thanks to God?

Answers:
(i) Answered prayers. John 11:41-44.
(ii) Multiplication of provision. Mark 8:6-8.
(iii) Deliverance from bondage. Acts 16:25-26.
(iv) Divine peace and joy. Phil. 4:6.
(v) Divine presence. Psalm 22:3; 95:2.
(vi) Complete restoration and wholeness. Luke 17:16-19.

CLASS ACTIVITY 2 : Students should identify/mention at least one personal benefit which they derived from God and for which they will ever remain grateful.

SUMMARY:
The major duty of believers to God is thanksgiving at all times. Psalm 34:1; 30:4.

CONCLUSION:
Ingratitude is the result of vain imaginations and a darkened heart. Sometimes your thanksgiving is senseless to the ordinary person but it is more profitable to be thankful than to grumble or complain. Romans 1:21.

EVALUATION:
i.Why should people (Believers) give thanks to God?
ii. What do believers stand to gain for giving thanks to God?

CLOSING PRAYER :
Father, help me to give thanks and bless your holy name at all times. Don't let your praise ever depart from my mouth. Psalm 34:1.

ASSIGNMENT:
i. Identify five (5) things which people tend to forget or refuse to give thanks to God.
ii. Identify five (5) things which people frequently remember to thank God for.

References
RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER'S MANUAL, [ 2018-2019] 

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